After repeated failed hand held panning attempts using a slower shutter speed of 1/20th sec I switched to 1/30th and 1/40th in the photos below hoping I could capture Jen’s face/mid-body in sharper focus. Next time I’ll try panning with even faster shutter speeds to see if I can get her non-moving parts in better focus during the pan. Any suggestions would be helpful.
Both photos were shot using:
Canon EOS 7D, EF-S 17-55mm, f/2.8 IS USM
Exposure: 1/30 sec at f/4.0
Focal length: 24mm
Manual setting, Auto focus
Canon 5D Mark II, EF24-70, 2.8mm USM
1/200sec, f/4, ISO 250. Manual settings, manual focus
Canon 5D Mark II, EF24-70, 2.8mm USM
1/20sec, f/22, ISO 100, Manual settings, auto focus.
I will get better at panning. I WILL practice.
Near the end of this series of panning shots, while helping Jen with her camera settings (during her try at panning on me walking in front of her) she inadvertently changed her settings from using the one shot mode to a 2 sec timed shot setting. While changing her settings back I spotted the multiple shot setting and got excited as I could use that setting while panning. I changed my camera to the multiple shot setting. Having my camera continuously shoot off shots as long as I held the shutter down, helped in getting Jen’s face more in more focus during the pan. I’m going to spend more time learning to be better at panning. I am tired of the static shots I normally take. Looking for more life! Need to mix it up:-)
Rituals. Up until the beginning of this year, since we moved to Rancho Mirage 8 years ago, we have been driving to LA every Thursday to continue the tradition of having Thursday night dinners with “our” people. I wish I could remember how many years we have been going to El Rancho all together. Thursday night dinners at the restaurant El Rancho in Sherman Oaks were a regular occurrence. If it was Thursday night Ray and I were there – he seated with the guys and me with the women. Those of us who ate dinner at El Rancho at 6pm never called asking who was going. We just arrived knowing someone would be there.
In 2011 Ray and I decided to only drive in once a month. Change is difficult and I was worried about not seeing the ladies. Gas prices soared and our cars were showing the sign of heavy travel. Being gone an entire day was also taking a toll on our bodies.
Starting in 2012 we have decided to only drive in every other month. More change. Of course we will miss seeing our special people, but we also realize how much the owner of the restaurant might potentially be affected if others decide to eat elsewhere on Thursday nights. Of course this is out of our control. But it is interesting to be out self enough to see how individual choices and actions may unknowingly affect others.
Below are photos of George, the owner of El Rancho, Tally, George’s right hand man, and two other loyal workers who always have the biggest smiles on theirs faces.
I’m going to have the photo of the four of them blown up as a gift. I’ll make smaller prints for the guys (who have become our friends) too.
Double hernia surgery a month ago, oral surgery today, and an upcoming knee surgery and more rehab.
I just got my Canon EF S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM lens back from repair (the second time). I wasn’t told what the problem was but they said it was restored to good working condition. Why I sent it back was because dust accumulates inside the lens very quickly. Hopefully the interior seals or whatever is repaired.
On morning hikes I carry the Canon EOS 7D and this morning it was fitted with the repaired lens. Both photos below were shot with the 7D and EF S 17-55 mm lens, shot in manual mode and manual focus. It’s dark when we begin our hikes so I have to guess at presetting the focal length distance manually as auto focus is useless.Camera settings:
1/180 sec, f4.5, ISO 640, focal length 20mm. Camera settings:
1/180 sec, f6.7, ISO 1000, focal length 35mm.
I added the Lightroom preset Edge Wow 08 to this photo.